Published: 2017-10-25 11:22
Last Updated: 2017-10-25 14:20
The Israeli Land Authority stormed into Al Araqib village in the Naqab desert on Wednesday, where they destroyed all the buildings that the village’s residents had had to rebuild every time they were destroyed since 2010.
The village had to go through the same ordeal for 120th time this morning, when large bulldozers, protected by Israeli police officers, demolished the residents’ fragile metal shelters, according to the Palestinian news agency WAFA.
Al Araqib is one of the 35 Bedouin villages in the Naqab desert that are “unrecognized” by the Israeli government.
The Israeli government uses a variety of measures to pressure Bedouins into relocating to government-planned urban centers that disregard their lifestyle and needs, according to the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI).
Demolitions targeting Palestinians with Israeli citizenship sharply increased in 2017. An Israeli police raid to evacuate the unrecognized Bedouin village of Umm al-Hiran turned deadly in January, and sparked widespread protests of the treatment of Palestinian citizens in Israel, WAFA reported.